Watch Runaway's own Osprey families up front and personal from Runaway's deck and pier. Watch the Chesapeake Conservancy's Osprey webcam to see their resident ospreys, Tom and Audrey and their chicks Chester, Essie, and Ozzie, as they return from their journey, build their nest, raise their chicks, and go about their daily lives. It's the best "reality show" you can watch!
The Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman’s Island Wildlife Refuge, in particular, are known for world class bird watching opportunities. The Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Website has useful information about the refuge and the Atlantic Coast Flyway. You will find guidance on the best time of year to spot specific species and a comprehensive check list to keep track of the birds you have seen.
If you are interested in bird watching and the migratory birds of the Atlantic Coast Flyway, read this interesting Virginia Pilot article written by Diane Tennant and learn about a shorebird that flew 14,170 miles to and from Virginia.
Sherpa Guides is a good resource for identifying public lands that are great for bird watching. Visit them and read the Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Chesapeake Bay by Deane Winegar.
See more photos and learn more about birding at Broadwater Eco ToursThe Eastern Shore of Virginia offers unparalleled opportunities for birding. Runaway guests can enjoy personal tours conducted by renowned birder, eco tour guide, historian, Captain Rick Kellam.The story of Broadwater Bay is the story of Captain Rick Kellam, a guide, naturalist, author, historian, and descendant of the inhabitants of these extraordinary islands. History speaks through Kellam who has spent most of his life working these waters - as a waterman, as member of the Virginia State Marine Police, and, most recently, as a tour host for clients such as Orvis and The Nature Conservancy. Learn More
Here’s a link for a Map of the Barrier Islands that provides ownership and access information.